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2009 Dodge Challenger SRT8Retro done right.
[ Music ] ^M00:00:03 >> I'll be the first to admit it going back to the early 70's, not always a good idea, but let's check out one of the more successful ventures back to then, 2009 Dodge Challenger SRT8, can you dig? ^M00:00:16 [ Music ] ^M00:00:27 >> [inaudible] you wouldn't have had in 1971 are right here, the head unit on this car is really good with navigation, Bluetooth, and [inaudible], the nav screen, as you can see, is really colorful, nicely rendered, nice, big touch-screen buttons; there is your single slot CD slash DVD deck and you're not gonna miss the fact that you only have one slot because to go with it you have 30 Gig of hard drive space, a little under 7,000 typical songs can fit on there. iPod connectivity, that's over here, standard AUX jack is right there, above that is a USB jack for getting media loaded onto this guy. In terms of getting sound out we've got a bass system here with Boston Acoustic speakers all around, but the option is called the SRT Package, gives you 13 speakers around the cabin, Kicker branded, 320 watts of main power plus another 200 watts going dedicated to a sub. This I don't get, there is no voice command button on the steering wheel you have to reach way the hell across the screen to get the car to listen to ya. [music] When I first saw this car on the show circuit when it was in a prototype fashion I thought, wow, they nailed it. Starting in the back you've got these kicked up hips, this kind of single lens rear tail light they just don't do anymore, and of course, a real coupie look here long doors, a frowny face sucker mouth up here is very Challengeresque; this is a true coupe but not as big a car as it looks. The SRT8 has the 6 point 1 liter Hemi, wow, 425 horsepower, 420 foot pounds of torque, mileage is EPA rated at, oh my God that's awful city and how am I gonna pay for that highway, unfortunately, you get a gas guzzler tax as a result, $1,700. You're gonna get under 5 point 5 seconds zero to 60 squirts out of this car, probably very close to 5 seconds flat if you know how to work that gear box properly. ^M00:02:22 [ Music ] ^M00:02:27 >> The first thing you notice about this car that isn't retro is the handling and the ride, great handling, comfortable ride, they didn't do that in the early 70's. [inaudible] makes that go is, oh my gosh, 20 inch wheels on this SRT8, ya know, big enough to put on a large SUV and not look funny. If you buy an SRT8 it comes stock with a 5 speed automatic that has been decried as just not a great transmission, luckily there's an extra cost option for a few 100 bucks more for this guy, 6 speed manual with, yup, our old buddy the pistol grip. It's a nice gear box, the shifts are nice and clean, the throw is about right, I do find that our clutch is a little bit odd, take-up happens at about 90% out of travel. This manual gear box is a manly handful, it requires some brut force and it's a little bulky from gear to gear. If you're not paying attention also, it'll guide you naturally from first to fourth; this car has the torque to handle it but it's not real elegant. The torque band feels so broad and fat you're always in the right gear, whether you are or not, tremendous exhaust note just ballsy and hard, and you've got this sort of ready to rip RPM friendliness, they've done a great job on this motor. ^M00:03:45 [ Sound effects ] ^M00:03:49 >> Now, in addition to our normal and very excellent head unit, check this out, the EVIC, the Electronic Vehicle Information Center. When you get into that you've got a whole bunch of what they call performance features. Here's a zero to 60 timer, eighth mile and quarter mile trap times, ranking distance from speed to zero, G Force compass, check that guy out, and a G Force record. ^M00:04:11 [ Music ] ^M00:04:16 >> Alright, let's see what it costs to go back into time fast, Challenger SRT, about 40 grand on top of that you're gonna spend $1,000 for the upgraded audio system, $1,200 or so gets you the UConnect high-end unit with all the great nav, Bluetooth, and media with the hard drive, and interestingly $700 for the manual transmission. What do you think I would do? ^M00:04:40 [ Music ]